I am indebted to many people who have supported me and critically scrutinised my work over the past five years. Foremost, Thomas Dowson, for supervision and support beyond the requirements of an MA and PhD supervisor, and for constant encouragement ever since. For inspiration and advice I am also hugely thankful to Jenny Blain, Graham Harvey and Ronald Hutton. Unfortunately, Ronald Hutton’s book ‘Shamans’ (Hambledon 2002) was not available before going to press - no doubt, it would have been essential reading while researching this volume.
I am grateful to the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton (including some of its former members), especially Tim Champion, J.D. Hill, David Hinton, Andy Jones, Stephanie Moser, David Peacock, Brian Sparkes and Julian Thomas. Thanks also to Mary Baker, Chris Fowler, Jayne Gidlow, Sophia Jundi, Matt Leivers, Doug Murphy, and the Rock Art MA instructional postgraduates 1996-2001. I owe considerable thanks to Simon Crook and Ken Lymer for their kindred ‘permeability’ and thank my undergraduate and postgraduate students whose engaging discussions on some of these issues have contributed to the arguments set out in this volume.
I am also grateful to Brian Bates and Jan Fries who both directed me in the uncertainty of the beginning. Insightful comments on various drafts were welcomed from Jenny Blain, Simon Buxton, Simon Crook, Thomas Dowson, Ed Evans, Claire Gaudion, Darren Glazier, Martin Griffiths, Graham Harvey, Ronald Hutton, Merete Demant Jakobsen, Ken Lymer, Simon Macartney, Joan Townsend and Alex Woodcock. Funding from the University of Southampton School of Research and Graduate Studies, the Richard Newitt Fund and the Postgraduate Conference Attendance Fund, made various aspects of this research possible. I am grateful to Richard Stoneman, Julene Barnes and the helpful staff at Routledge for their support, and the three anonymous reviewers who offered highly constructive comments.
My British case study owes itself to the many ‘neo-Shamans’ (for want of a better word) who communicated with me, conceded to do interviews,